Free flu vaccine for paid care workers - what to do
NHS England have now released money to extend free access to paid care workers within care homes and home care can have a free flu vaccination this year.
The flu immunisation is available to social care staff employed by a registered residential care home, nursing home or domiciliary care provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk of exposure to influenza, meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group or aged 65 years and over.
Most community pharmacies and many GP practices will provide the vaccinations. It is recommended that staff contact their community pharmacy or GP practice to check they are providing the service, before attending. For GP practices, this has to be the member of staff’s registered practice. To receive a the free vaccination care workers should take identification that includes their name and the name of their employing organisation - this could be an ID badge, a letter from their employer or a recent pay slip, to their GP or pharmacy.
It may also be useful to take along a copy of the this letter: ‘flu vaccine for care workers’.